Design of flexible manpower line walk cycles for a fixed number of operators.

De Montfort University Open Research Archive

Show simple item record

dc.contributor.author Stockton, David en
dc.contributor.author Ardon-Finch, J. P. (Jason P.) en
dc.contributor.author Khalil, R. A. (Riham A.) en
dc.date.accessioned 2008-11-24T14:07:59Z
dc.date.available 2008-11-24T14:07:59Z
dc.date.issued 2005-01-01 en
dc.identifier.citation Stockton, D.J., Ardon-Fich, J.P. and Khalil, R.A. (2005) Design of flexible manpower line walk cycles for a fixed number of operators. International Journal of Production Research, 43(3), pp.583-596
dc.identifier.issn 0020-7543 en
dc.identifier.issn 1366-588X (online)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/309
dc.description.abstract Flexible manpower lines (FMLs) are a form of flow process line in which operators are allocated 'walk cycles', i.e. a repetitive sequence in which to load and unload machine tools. The effective design of such lines is normally achieved with the expectation that operators without full walk cycles, i.e. those that do not require a full Takt time to accomplish, can complete their walk cycles at an adjoining FML. However, an alternative FML design strategy is possible in cases where no adjoining FML exists or it is not possible for operators to move between work areas. This strategy involves determining the minimum Takt time and the associated operator walk cycles at which the FML can operate under a fixed number of operators. To solve this type of problem, a genetic algorithm that make use of a novel crossover operator has been developed that can design FMLs. The genetic algorithm is capable of generating, for a specific Takt time and fixed number of operators, FMLs with high-quality, near-optimal operator walk cycles. Solutions for the fixed manpower case were then identified by performing multiple genetic algorithm runs to find the best walk cycles at various Takt times.
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en
dc.subject RAE 2008
dc.subject UoA 28 Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
dc.title Design of flexible manpower line walk cycles for a fixed number of operators. en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00207540410001733913 en
dc.researchgroup Manufacturing Research


Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record